Print
Hits: 2432

img_1156884757_15737_1291834120_mod_233_283.jpg

Johnston, Emma Louise

(nee Birston)

January 3, 1918 – September 30, 2010

Louise Johnston of Carman passed away peacefully at the CarmanHospital on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at the age of 92 years.  By her side at the time of her passing were her two daughters Nola (Doug) Stewart of Calgary, AB and Diane (Martin) Rockey of Kamloops, BC as well as her son Warren Johnston of Calgary, AB.

 Louise was born in Cloverdale, MB and completed her secondary schooling in Selkirk, MB.  She then went on to attend Normal School in Winnipeg, MB from which she graduated in 1936.  Upon graduation from Normal School, she then started her teaching career at McNab school, near Carman where she met and married her late husband Harold in 1940.  Louise taught in McNab, Brigdenley, Tremont and Carman schools for approximately 29 years while raising three children and helping Harold run the family farm.  Education was definitely a priority for her and during this period, she also found time to complete her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Manitoba in 1971.  Many hours were spent driving muddy roads to get to Winnipeg for summer school and evening courses to attain this degree.  Louise retired from teaching at Carman in 1979.  In her retirement years, she and Harold spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona where they made many close friends.  Louise was always a sports enthusiast and both supported and participated in many different community sporting activities.  She was an avid curler and to the time of her passing, was a passionate golfer.  In 2004, it became necessary for Louise to undergo dialysis treatments.  While these treatments were a life saver to her, one of the unfortunate side effects was to limit the amount of time she could spend on the golf course. 

Many thanks to the excellent staff at the Boundary Trails Hospital Renal Care Unit for treating Mom like she was a part of your family.  Louise carried her mental sharpness into the final month of her journey of life and was at peace with her decision to complete that journey with dignity.  Family was a very important part of Louise’s life and besides her children, she is survived by 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren all in Calgary, AB and Kamloops, BC.  She was predeceased by her husband Harold in 1992.       

A memorial service was held on October 4, 2010 at the Carman United Church.  Interment took place at the Greenwood Cemetery in Carman.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carman Active Living Centre, or to the Dialysis Unit at Boundary Trails Health Centre.

Doyle’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. (www.doylesfuneralchapel.com)